tis the season….to make about a thousand batches of every dessert you make best…and share with everyone you know – and don’t know. when every night involves throwing ingredients in your stand mixer, while wrapping presents or making dinner or (insert any errand)….you know it must be christmas season.
with 20+ people on the lazy bird christmas list….we wanted to come up with something cute….tasty….and cost efficient :)
about a month ago everyone on the pillsbury mailing list got a HAPPY BIRTHDAY email….but it wasn’t everyone’s birthday. the next day an email followed apologizing for the mistake and offering a digital recipe book (circa holiday 2008) in lieu of taking away the birthday giveaway we didn’t actually qualify for. lucky for us lazy birds…there was a simple and tasty recipe in the back of the book that answered our “what do we gift everyone with” problem.
world market came to the rescue for the jars…at a dollar a piece, we did quite well…even if we did have to clean out two different stores of these pretty little jars.
silky chocolate caramel sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
2/3 cup whipping cream
10 tablespoons butter
4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
in a medium-sized saucepan stir together brown sugar, whipping cream and butter over medium heat. stir constantly until mixture comes to a rolling boil.
add in chocolate and continue stirring until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. serve warm, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
we scooped up some ice cream to test out the sauce (as it was still about 70 degrees in texas) but for all of you who save ice cream for warmer weather…this sauce will also complement most of those desserts you have gotten from your neighbors and coworkers…cheesecake….brownies….cookes?! or just eat it with a spoon when no one is looking :) it’s VERY simple to whip up and very tasty.
wishing everyone a merry christmas and happy holidays! hoping your holiday has been filled with warmth, love and time with family and loved ones.